MSBA Fall 2020 School Reopening Guidance

The 2020 COVID-19 pandemic continues to pose significant challenges for Minnesota’s school districts and charter schools as they serve their students, families, and communities. The Minnesota School Boards Association developed its Fall 2020 School Reopening Guidance to support school boards as they seek to meet these challenges. This guidance supplements the resources that the Minnesota Department of Education (MDE), the Minnesota Department of Health (MDH) and other federal, state, and local agencies and nongovernmental organizations have created. MSBA acknowledges and incorporates the work of these organizations and state school board associations across the nation. Access the Fall 2020 School Reopening Guide. (July 7, 2020)

Visit the MSBA COVID-19 webpage or the Minnesota Department of Education website for additional resources.

MSBA Events and Updates

EQUITY RESOURCES: MSBA is a founding member of Partners for Equity Development. Visit the MSBA Equity Resources webpage to learn more about this organization and to access equity resources.

PHASE I AND PHASE II WORKSHOPS: MSBA is offering its Learning to Lead — School Board Basics: Phase I Workshop and Leadership Foundations — School Finance and Management: Phase II Workshop via a virtual platform in July. These workshops provide invaluable information for new school board members and are great refreshers for veteran board members.

SUMMER SEMINAR: The 2020 MSBA Summer Seminar will be presented in a virtual format over three evenings in August. Visit the Summer Seminar webpage for more information and to access registration.

Minnesota Departments of Education and Health Release Guidance to Help Schools Plan for 2020-2021 School Year

The Minnesota Department of Education (MDE) and the Minnesota Department of Health (MDH) released guidance June 18 to help Minnesota’s public schools plan for the 2020-2021 school year.

The guidance included a strong recommendation that school districts and charter schools create three different contingency plans for all three possible scenarios for start of the school year this fall. MDE is urging school leaders to plan for all three scenarios so that school communities can be flexible and students can receive continuous education in the event that the COVID-19 pandemic may require schools to shift to a different educational delivery model.

The three scenarios are: (1) in-person learning for all students, (2) hybrid learning with strict social distance and capacity limits, and (3) distance learning only.

In partnership with MDH and the Governor’s Office, MDE plans to announce a decision for which model of educational delivery will be in the best interest of the health and safety of our students, school staff, and school communities for the 2020-21 school year by the week of July 27, 2020.